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Water firms failing to meet agreed investment in networks – Ofwat

Water firms are failing to invest as much as they promised to fix their networks, the regulator has warned.Ofwat said between 2020 and 2022, 14 companies underspent their budget on improving their water network, while eight companies underspent their budget on improving their wastewater network.Affinity Water and Northumbrian Water spent just 47 per cent and 48 per cent of their water enhancement allowance respectively. Meanwhile, Yorkshire Water and South West Water spent just 20 per cent and 39 per cent of their wastewater enhancement allowance respectively.The main areas of underspending across both categories included drought resilience, improvements to sewage treatment...
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Stop-Work Order On $90 Million Six Corners Sears Redevelopment Lifted For Partial Work, City Says

PORTAGE PARK — Most exterior work can continue on the former Sears Six Corners redevelopment after city officials lifted a months-long stop-work order on the project. City officials slapped the developer with the stop-work order in late August after crews started exterior work — including the construction of a fifth story and exterior concrete and steel columns— without a full permit. It was the second time city officials forced developer Novak Construction to halt work on the project.
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F and G subways in Brooklyn face signal problems, flag more delays

The MTA is suffering from signal distress on multiple subway lines, including a two-year delay for upgrades along an elevated section of the F and G in Brooklyn because a contractor manufactured parts in the wrong size. Transit officials said this week that signal upgrades to portions of several subway...
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Time capsule buried in 1949 in Grayson Co. War Memorial Hospital to be opened on Tuesday

A time capsule discovered during the demolition of Grayson County War Memorial Hospital will be opened during a ceremony on Tuesday. In late October, workers discovered the time capsule buried inside a cornerstone marker on the southwest side of the old hospital, according to Grayson County Judge-Executive Kevin Henderson. The capsule was placed in the stone marker on August 13, 1949.

$4.5M Fire Truck, Police SUV Plan Advances

Should a once-in-a-lifetime flood of federal money be used to fund more gas-powered public safety vehicles, while the city contends with a looming climate crisis and one of the highest asthma rates in the country?. Alders raised those questions — even as they moved ahead the Elicker Administration’s proposal to use $4.5...

Paper: A role for #water markets in enhancing water security in the western United States?: Lessons from the Walker River Basin — Water Policy

Click the link to read the paper on the Water Policy website (Elizabeth A. Koebele; Loretta Singletary; Shelby E. Hockaday; Kerri Jean Ormerod). Here’s the abstract:. In many semi-arid, snow-fed river systems, climate change is shifting the timing and quantity of streamflow; at the same time, changing water use priorities are introducing additional demands on water supplies. These dynamics challenge water security across the globe. Water markets – economic instruments used to reallocate water via voluntary trade – may be used to adapt to these changes, though their implementation remains limited. To understand how water markets may enhance water security in the western United States, we assess diverse actors’ perceptions of water allocation institutions broadly, as well as their preferences for different water market designs, in the empirical context of the Walker River Basin. This 4,200-square mile watershed, located on the California-Nevada border, exemplifies many key regional water management challenges. Through an analysis of 30 in-depth interviews, we find that actors across sectors desire changes to traditional water allocation institutions, preferably at the local level, and view markets as an acceptable tool for reallocation. Despite identified legal and social challenges, markets that facilitate temporary water trading are generally preferred. While limited to the context of a single basin, these findings provide lessons for designing water markets to enhance water security in basins regionally and beyond.

Boston Establishing 11 Wastewater COVID-19 Testing Sites

Boston is planning to establish 11 wastewater testing sites across the city to help monitor for spikes in the COVID-19 virus. The head of the Boston Public Health Commission said the city is partnering with vendors to create the sites as COVID-19 levels in wastewater across the region have begun rising.

Road closures coming in Refugio County

AEP Texas crews are planning to install new wires along a power line route in Refugio County. The upcoming wire pulling activities require crews to temporarily close area road crossings December 7-10. The road closures will take place approximately 8.5 miles from the U.S. Highway 77 and FM 774 intersection.

Master Plan for Dredge Spoil Site Approved by Storm Lake City Council

The Storm Lake City Council on Monday approved the master plan for the dredge spoil site in the southeast part of town. The council conducted a review of the plan at their previous meeting. City Manager Keri Navratil said the total cost for the project is close to seven-million dollars...(audio clip below)

Construction agreements approved for new $16 million fire station project

Oakland Park – After years of planning, city officials are finally one step closer toward breaking ground on a new $16 million fire station. City commissioners recently voted to approve both a construction services agreement and work authorization for Fire Station No. 9 – one of several projects outlined in the city’s comprehensive 10-year facilities plan.